Mar 13, 2012

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Review: Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler (Eternal Wolf Clan #1)

Paranormal Romance
March 6 2012
Mass Market Paperback
400 pages
Signet Books
Received from publisher

Yummy Man – Rifter
Kick Ass Chick – Gwen

From Goodreads –
The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.

Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.

But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.


Dire Needs in the first book in a brand spanking new series by Stephanie Tyler.  The Eternal Wolf Clan series focuses on a pack of Dire wolves, werewolves who are immortal, extra badass and who are sworn to protect humans from crazed weres.  This task is not proving easy lately since evil witches and weretrappers are also coming into play.  Yeah…that’s just adding a whole mess of new problems for our Dire wolves Rifter, Stray, Vice, Jinx, Rogue and Harm.

This being the first book in a new paranormal romance series, it just makes sense that it would be about the leader.  And the leader of this crew is Rifter.  This is supposed to be the story of how he and his HEA Grace meet and fall in love – and it is – but it often got pushed aside in favor of information.  Lots and lots of information.

I know that you are not really surprised by this because it is, after all, the first book in a new series.  And yes, a certain amount of information is important to set up the world that the author has created, but there is a limit.  I often found myself confused and having to re-read certain parts to see what I missed…only to find out I didn’t miss anything and just remained confused.  Yes, eventually new info was added and it all fit together but that wasn’t until 90% into the book.  I expect the first 20 or so percent of a new series to be an info dump but not 90%.  To be fair, there was some action and some romance mixed in there but when I found the story was finally picking up, more info would be handed to me that I didn’t quite know what to do with.  It was all just a little overloaded for me.

But if you can look past that, you have the makings or a great book/story/series.  Rifter is a great leader and a real alpha.  There are great layers to his character and it’s always awesome to witness an über alpha fall hard for his mate.  His heroine Grace was well done too.  New to this whole world of weres and witches and she takes it like a champ.  She asks a lot of questions which leads to more information but it’s during these times when they are explaining thing to Grace that I found my fog lifting.  It’s like they dummy things down a bit for her so I can finally understand things.  *g*

The other Dires are interesting and I am very intrigued by each and every one of them.  Stephanie did a great job setting them up.  They are each, of course, going to be getting their own books.  Next up is Stray and his book Dire Wants hits shelves in November 2012.  He was found about 50 years ago after being alone for years and he is a bit of a mystery.  Okay, he is a lot of a mystery so it will be very cool to find out more about him and to meet his HEA.  Each of these guys totally deserves a lady and a happy ending and I’m glad they will each get one.

The ‘villain’ Seb was really well written.  You want to hate him absolutely but there are chapters written from his mindset so you can see the struggle he faces.  So you still hate him but you are a little more reluctant to when you are reading his ‘perspective’.   I am curious to see where everything leads because lots of nasty stuff was set up in this book.

I liked how Stephanie wrote her weres.  I love the idea of Brother and Sister wolf and how they are a separate part of the man/woman yet still whole with them at the same time.  Brother and Sister are very wise and they almost steer the were in the right direction. They remind them that instinct is sometimes the best thing to follow.  But there are a couple of instincts that these guys never question and that is their instinct to run and to fu…yeah.  That.  These wolves are very virile and the scenes depicting that are steamy.  I especially enjoyed Rifter and Grace’s third mating.  Yup.  Very nice.

Overall, I did enjoy the guts of this book but I just wish it was told without needing so much explanation.  The world is interesting and the mythology of it all is fascinating…once you understand it all.  I have a feeling that Dire Wants will be easier to read and I am looking forward to seeing if I am right.

3 stars

Giggle worthy quote

“He didn’t understand the significance of what had happened, but he certainly knew prents coming back from the grave was no good.  Shit, they’d all read Hamlet in school, and look how things had turned out for that dark prince.”

Books in the Eternal Wolf Clan series –
Dire Needs
Dire Wants (November 2012)
Dire Desires (Summer 2013)

  1. You are definitely not the first person to say this about this book and it makes me sad… Smiles…

  2. Christi – Me too 🙁

  3. Nice review, and I have read a few more complaints about too much info not enough romance. Still, it sounds interesting, and I want to read this series 🙂

  4. Nice review – your thoughts echo mine almost identically! I love Seb and I am excited to read the next book. Hopefully we will get more “action” now that we’ve learned so much!

  5. lee weatherbee says:

    the prequel that is on amazon is ten times more read-able.

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